With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year and 5,000 miles of white coastline, Spain is hugely popular among families, couples and travellers. Whether you’re looking for a family destination for a beach holiday, a romantic break in the city of Madrid or an art appreciation tour around Barcelona, Spain welcomes you with open arms. Flights from Liverpool to Spain are just shy of 3 hours, depending on where you’re traveling to, making it a short haul paradise.
Spain might give you the impression that their way of life is much slower than ours, with lazy days spent enjoying the warm and tranquil climate, feasting on freshly cooked Paella, but when the sun goes down, their pulsating nightlife brings the Spanish word, ‘Fiesta’, to life. With busy tapas bars lining the coastline, music halls playing traditional Spanish classics and city bars keeping both locals and tourists energised well into the night, Spain is a vibrant holiday destination.
The capital, Madrid, has music in its soul. Evolved into one of the richest culinary capitals of Europe; Madrid’s tapas bars, restaurants and food markets will have you enjoying each and every mouthful. Explore the back streets of the city and find a hidden gem for a taste sensation. Whether it be black squid ink paella, a few plates of tapas or a bowl of Gazpacho, you will not be disappointed.
Playful, fierce with a passion for art, Barcelona makes a fantastic Spanish destination for art lovers. In the north of Spain, Barcelona is home to Sagrada Familia church and other modern landmarks designed by the renowned Antoni Gaudi, the city’s museums include several Roman archaeological sites. For football fans, head to Camp Nou or book tickets to an FC Barcelona match for authentic Spanish passion.
Quintessentially Spanish, Seville in the south of Spain, is famous for flamenco. A step back in time, legend has it that Seville was founded by Hercules and its origins linked with the Tartessian civilisation. No wonder, this historic city is overlooked by its own Gothic cathedral. Make your way to one of the local bars for an intimate traditional flamenco performance.
Eating Out in Spain
Spain is full of flavour. Treat yourself to one of the many tapas bar tours in the major cities and experience light bites on the go, or wine and dine at one of the coastal seafood restaurants where you can enjoy a catch of the day. Or perhaps you’d prefer to tempt yourself with a handful of churros and rich creamy milk chocolate. Just whatever you do, make sure to try the queen of Spanish food; the humble Spanish omelette, which is said to date back to 1817.
With a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence, La Boella is situated just outside Barcelona in the North of Spain. An olive oil and tourism complex in Tarragona, the 110-hectare estate boosts olive trees and gardens. With its own wine cellar, La Boella offers a boutique hotel retreat from the outside world. Only a short walk to the neighbouring beaches and golf courses, the mix of leisure, relaxation and culinary excellence is waiting for you.
Hotel Marques de Riscal
The architectural masterpiece that is the Hotel Marques de Riscal features its own Michelin Star restaurant, wine cellar and spa. In the very heart of the wine city, Elciego, the Hotel Marques de Riscal is only a few kilometres away from the largest wine museum in Europe.
URSO Hotel & Spa
An urban spa in the heart of Madrid, the URSO Hotel & Spa gives busy tourists a city-centre hub to refresh and relax ready to enjoy the next day in the capital. With seven-metre hydromassage pool and sauna, detox and destress after a long day shopping, dining out and taking in the sights of Madrid.